Vuzix and Materialise Join Forces to Produce Smart Eyewear Using 3D Printing Technology

Vuzix Corporation, a leading supplier of Smart Glasses and Augmented Reality (AR) technology, has partnered with Materialise, a 3D printing pioneer, to accelerate the design and production of smart eyewear using 3D printing technology.

Both companies aim to accelerate the development of new innovations for enterprise applications, from warehouses to operating rooms. The collaboration will enable third party technology, sports and entertainment brands to rapidly introduce functional, fashionable, and affordable smart eyewear to consumers using Vuzix’ OEM components and designs, reducing the average manufacturing cycle from 18 months to just 3.

Vuzix is an optical technology company that specializes in the design, manufacturing and sale of optical components and smart glasses. It uses augmented reality (AR) to deliver a perfect balance of engagement between the digital and the real world. Through partnership with Materialise, Vuzix will gain access to the full potential of 3D printing.

Fried Vancraen, CEO of Materialise, said with its speed, flexibility and digital DNA, 3D printing offers eyewear brands a competitive edge by allowing them to drastically reduce their time-to-market while meeting customers’ aesthetic requirements. He believes the collaboration with Vuzix will bring new innovations to industrial smart eyewear and accelerate the customer adoption of smart eyewear in the enterprise and broader consumer markets.

Paul Travers, President and CEO of Vuzix, said their manufacturing capabilities need to match pace for scalability, production, speed and quality. He highlighted that Materialise offers several key advantages that align with their strategic outlook.

Materialise runs one of the largest 3D printing factories in the world and is the largest manufacturer of 3D printed eyewear. 3D printing holds multiple advantages for eyewear production with manufacturers increasingly turning to 3D printing for its unique design capabilities and its fast and flexible production process. Materialise also offers virtually unlimited freedom of design.

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